About Invest in Africa
Invest in Africa (IIA) is a not-for-profit organisation with the vision to create thriving African economies.
Working in partnership with both private and public sector companies, IIA more effectively identifies and tackles the challenges of doing business in Africa, delivering more impactful and cost-efficient solutions.
We do this in 4 ways:
- Creating sustainable cross-sector partnerships
- Empowering local entreprises
- Championing private sector-led growth
- Simplifying doing business in Africa
IIA is focused on job creation and improving the business environment for both investors and local SMEs.
Our priority is to promote the linkages between large international firms and domestic companies and increase access to skills, markets and finance.
The African Partner Pool (APP) is IIA’s online marketplace that allows SMEs to promote the products and services they can offer and the standards they can deliver to. This makes it easier for big companies to find the right local suppliers to work with.
The Business Linkage Programme (BLP) is IIA’s business skills training programme partly funded by the African Development Bank. The BLP gives members of the APP the opportunity to receive coaching and mentoring from international and local consultants as well as IIA Partners to make them more competitive and more able to win contracts from larger companies.
Where we work
IIA has offices in the UK, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal. The APP was launched in Ghana in late 2014, while the BLP began training with the first group of SMEs in September 2015.
IIA Kenya opened in October 2015 and the APP was later launched in 2017.
IIA Senegal opened in August 2018 and the APP is to be launched during quarter 2 of 2019.
More about Invest in Africa (http://www.investinafrica.com)